Located on the corner of historic Drury Lane and The Aldwych, The Delaunay oozes sophistication. From the grandeur of the entrance to the polished service provided by the Chef de Rang staff, there really isn’t a better place to start your day. It’s also the sister restaurant to AA Gill’s favourite, the Wolseley, so you know it’s going to be memorable and classy!
As the friendly front of house staff hang your coat, you’ll find yourself salivating at the sight and smell coming from the pastries on display (a whole table to be exact), not to mention the wafts of freshly ground coffee. The breakfast menu has everything you could ever want on it, from a Full English or Eggs Benedict to the more adventurous Grilled Kipper with Mustard Butter. Wash this down with a Carrot and Ginger smoothie and you are pretty much set for the day with no need for lunch!
The main thing to note about The Delaunay is that it’s become a breakfast institution of sorts so booking is essential. Don’t be surprised if the dining room is full of suited and booted patrons at 7am, when it opens Monday to Friday.
Located on the ground floor of the funky Zetter Hotel on Clerkenwell Road, Bistrot Bruno Loubet is the ideal place for informal lunch meetings. Executive Chef Bruno Loubet offers contemporary brasserie fare that will bowl you over with its bold flavours and creative flair. For those who are gluten or dairy intolerant, you also won’t be short of options to choose from.
The dining room offers unfussy décor with lots of natural light streaming through the floor to ceiling windows which overlook St John’s Square, making it the perfect place to enjoy some afternoon sun.
As for the front of house staff, Bistrot Bruno Loubet runs like a well-oiled machine with hospitality staff that can be described as efficient, knowledgeable and extremely friendly. There is nothing better than going to a restaurant where the Chef de Rang knows the menu inside out and can make recommendations to suit your taste.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and recently awarded a Diners’ Choice award by OpenTable for Best Brunch), there’s no need to limit your visits to lunch meetings only, we sure don’t!
Berners Tavern at the London Edition is a gastronomic haven where Michelin starred Executive Chef Jason Atherton offers the finest modern British cuisine.
It’s no surprise that it’s won a number of awards for its interior décor, as sitting in the opulent dining room is an experience in itself, walls lined with beautiful pieces of framed art that give you a unique feeling of dining in a gallery.
The menu offers a wide array of choices from gourmet salads and sandwiches for those looking for a light bite to the more extravagant Lake District Chateaubriand, truffled mac, cheek n’ cheese for two. This is definitely a venue that will impress for a client meeting or any occasion for that matter!
At Change, we are lucky enough to work with some amazing chefs. If you are a budding chef yourself and would like to work with the likes of Jason Atherton to gain experience in Modern British cooking, check out our latest hospitality jobs.
Located a stone’s throw from the Change office, we love the Leather Lane Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. Whether you want to have a quick coffee catch up or to sit in the window and watch passers-by, its urban chic interior is the perfect place to do it. And if you aren’t based near Clerkenwell, fear not. Due to the success of the Leather Lane franchise, they have since opened 8 other coffee shops in and around the city.
In their own words, you can expect the “Same great people, same great coffee, same great service”. We love their Flat Whites, uncomplicated cake and deli sandwich display and most of all, their really friendly front of house staff.
We were also really impressed by how much the Department of Coffee gives back in the form of charitable work, including feeding rough sleepers, supporting vulnerable artists, providing clean water to sub-Saharan Africa and offering café based training and employment opportunities to empower those in poverty in South Africa.
Working in one of the best Head Chef jobs in London, Adam Simmonds at Kensington Pavilion serves up sophisticated seasonal dishes with powerful flavours that are presented in an uncomplicated way.
Kensington Pavilion is a carnivore’s heaven, offering a variety of cuts from their very own meat aging fridge. Taken straight from their menu, “All steaks are served with beer pickled onions, truffle salad, whipped bone marrow, parsley crumb and chips in beef dripping”, we have one word… WOW!
For those who often entertain business guests, Kensington Pavilion also offer a fantastic business membership which includes access to their fully-services lounges, priority restaurant and event space bookings amongst other benefits.